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Army Addresses Suicides

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In a unusual move Fort Campbell, home of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, is holding a three-day “suicide stand-down training event”. There have been 11 confirmed deaths from suicide at Fort Campbell and 64 confirmed or suspected suicides in the entire Army this year. In 2008 there were at least 133 suicides of Army personnel. […]

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Purple Hearts for PTSD

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Historically, the military’s Purple Heart award has always gone to servicemembers who have sustained a physical injury. But now a new op-ed in the New York Times suggests that post-traumatic stress disorder needs to receive recognition on parity with other injuries. Should an emotional wound receive the same honor as a physical one? Tyler E. […]

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Self-Embedding: Tracking A New Trend in Self-Mutilation

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A paperclip pushed deep into arm muscle. Pencil lead broken off into the skin. They're just a couple of examples of a phenomenon in self-injury that researchers are only now beginning to study seriously: Researchers evaluating a new technique for locating and removing objects accidentally embedded in the body say they may have uncovered a […]

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Out Of Body Experiences: Therapy of the Future

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The world of technology is about to bring us an entirely new realm of therapy. Thanks to the brilliant minds at the Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL), researchers have found a strange trait of the human brain: it can get used to a new body almost instantly. The process goes something like this: You don […]

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We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

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Last week I was driving down I-29 from Lincoln to Kansas City and made a small detour into St. Joseph, MO to view one of the most peculiar museums the Midwest has to offer: the Glore Psychiatric Museum. The museum gives you an insightful, unsettling look into the history of mental health care. Above is […]

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John McCain and Suicide

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In a report on the presidential candidate's health, The New York Times revealed today that John McCain attempted suicide following a series of severe beatings while being kept as a prisoner of war. The revelation is undeniably messy and reflects the complexities and discomfort that we, as a culture, have in talking about suicide. Was […]

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And So We Meet Again

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You've probably heard a lot in the media about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and how it's unraveling the well-being of so many troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Unfortunately, we tend to get swept up in the numbers, the problems, and solutions, while often missing the human side of the story. Recently, the wonderful radio […]

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Goodbye David

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I've been feeling hollow since learning of David Foster Wallace's death this weekend. Wallace was one of the greatest writers of our times, and when he committed suicide this past Friday night, the news swelled beyond the book sections of newspapers and through the Internet. According to a tribute in the New York Times, Wallace […]

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A Proven Way to Prevent Suicide

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There's a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine that warrants a closer look. "Guns and Suicide in the United States" is a response to the recent Supreme Court decision that struck down a ban that requires home owners to lock up their guns. Although the issue is complicated, the essay draws upon […]

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Depression Advice from the 17th Century

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In 1621, Robert Burton published a book called "The Anatomy of Melancholy," which may have been intended to be medical in nature, but wound up being more philosophical. Today, it can largely be read as a treatise on major depression–and it is only substantiated by Burton's own struggle with his melancholic temperament. Here are some […]

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